Beef and Rice Cake Skewers

Beef Rice Cake Skewers

Hello there!!!!

I have been hibernating in my den for the past few month. I am finally waking up and joining the world of blogging again. My injury plus the surgery took some time to recover. I thank everyone who had been so gracious to leave get-well comments on my post. Thank you very much.

I am still not 100% well yet but I feel good enough to get back to the kitchen and cook some delicious meals for my family and myself, and share the recipes with my readers.

Before I start today’s recipe post, I would like to share a wonderful meat that I came across.

The Bos Life” of artisan meat contacted me for trying their product.  Their artisan meat is raised free of hormones and antibiotics. Their beef is harvested from grassfed cattle in the traditional way. Unlike some grassfed cattle beef I have tried before, which often yields dry and tough texture, the beef from Bos Life was impressively tender and flavorful with distinctive marbling and a clean taste.


Bos LifeThe meat box was delivered by Fedex and very well packaged.

So, I used one of their beef cut to create today’s post; the Beef and Rice Cake Skewers. This type of dish is called “Sanjeok (산적)” in Korean. Sanjeok is traditionally made with beef and various vegetables skewered together, then covered with batter, and pan fried. The spin-up for this traditional dish adds rice cakes. I am going to simplify the recipe by using 3 main ingredients and skipping the batter coating.

If you have a fine quality beef, fresh rice cakes, a bunch of green onion, and a little bit of Korean beef marinade…, you are good to go.


Beef rice cake sanjeokHere are the ingredients.


tutorial-2I chose this beautiful NY striploin for this recipe.  The marbling almost looks like the grainfed beef. You can use rib eye or other tender cut of beef.


tutorial-3Cut into 1/2″ strips and set aside.


tutorial-4In a shallow bowl, combine soy sauces, sugar, garlic powder, sesame oil and black pepper. Grind in onion, tiny bit of kiwi (optional), and pear to the mixture.

TIP: You can use store-bought Korean beef marinade for this recipe to make your life simpler.


tutorial-5Mix all together.


tutorial-7Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade.


tutorial-6Add the beef strips to the bowl and toss together. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes to soak up the flavor.


tutorial-8Cut green onion about the same length as rice cakes. (You will use white and light green part of onion)

Fresh rice cakes works the best for this dish. However, if you have to use frozen kind, cook them in the boiling water until soft first, then proceed to the next step.


tutorial-9Coat the rice cakes withe the reserved 1/4 cup of marinade.


tutorial-10Skewer together one by one. As you can see, I left the beef strips slightly longer than the rice cakes or green onion. The reason is…, the meat will shrink once cooked. I would cut the beef about 3/4″ longer than the rice cakes.

Note: I had to cut the bamboo skewers in half to get the right length.


tutorial-11Heat oil in the skillet until hot, add the skewers and brown them about 1-2 minutes on each side.


tutorial-12You can add a little more oil by using brush if the pan seems too dry. They cook fast.


Beef Rice Cake SkewersI have to admit that the flavor of this artisan beef was amazingly good. Very tender and full of flavor. (I didn’t need to use kiwi to tenderize)

Such a simple dish to satisfy. My husband and the kids were raving about the beef after taking just one bite.

The meat is costly but you are getting the finest quality beef available and it is better for you. They deliver their products to the members by creating a monthly subscription box. They also launched a kickstarter campaign to raise a fund for the company to meet the demand of producing more so they would be able to provide the finest quality products at a lower cost.


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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Bos Life.

Beef and Rice Cake Skewers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Beef and Rice Cake Skewers

sogogi tteok sanjeok


  • 10 oz NY striploin beef, cut into 1/2" thick strips (cut 3/4" longer than rice cakes)
  • 1 lb fresh rice cakes
  • a bunch of green onion, cut into same length as rice cakes (using only white and light green part)
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean soy sauce for soup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dashes of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1/4 Asian pear, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 kiwi, peeled and grated (optional)
  • some bamboo skewers, about 4" long
  • 1-2 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Make a marinade by combining soy sauces, sugar, sesmae oil, garlic powder, black pepper, grated onion, grated pear. and grated kiwi (if using) in a shallow bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup of the sauce in a another container and set that aside.
  2. Place the beef in the marinade mixture and toss together and let it sit for 10-15 minutes to soak up the flavor. Toss the rice cake with the reserved 1/4 cup of marinade in another bowl.
  3. Skewer beef, rice cakes, and spring onion one by one to the bamboo skewers. (2-3 strips of each ingredient in one skewer)
  4. Heat skillet over med-high heat and drizzle a little oil. Place skewers on the hot skillet and brown them about 1-2 minutes on each side. Add a little more oil if the pan seems too dry.
  5. Serve warm or at a room temperature.



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  1. 3

    kate-v says

    Oh, I am on my way out the door to work, but had to say hi- I’ve been missing your blog and hoping all is well with you – I’ll read you later on today – so good to see you again!
    You had me worried what with the fires and floods

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    So good to see you post again! I was actually wondering about how things were going with you last week – glad to see that you’re on the way to getting back to 100%. And you provided us with such a great recipe in your first post back! This looks wonderful – thanks so much.

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    Welcome back, Holly! I’m so jealous that you got to try the bos life’s meat. (They contacted me too but I couldn’t accept their meat as I live so far from the US. So I did a giveaway event instead for my readers. :) ) It sounds so good and delicious. Your new watermark on your photo is very cute by the way.

  4. 11

    H Nguyen says

    Hi Holly! I am happy you are back since I really missed reading your blog. Also, glad to know that you’re doing well on the recovery. Please work hard and post as many as you can for us. Thanks Holly!

  5. 13

    angelitakarmalita says

    Welcome back, we’ve missed you! Way to kick off your first post, post surgery & recovery(ing)! (all puns intended….). I was so happy to see this in my in-box, thanks for checking in and letting us know how your doing, and for the delicious recipe! Please continue to take care of yourself.

    • 14

      Holly says

      Thanks Angelita for your sweet comment. I feel much better now than I was 3 months ago but still not completely recovered. Looking forward to share more recipes with you all.

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    mike oleary says

    so good to have you back and thanks for the new meat source. I will try them soon. since I have been making kimchi this delightful and healthy food has spread among family and friends with each adding new twists…fun fun fun…and healthy too.

  7. 17

    Jeanne says

    Glad to read your posts again, and wonderful to know that you are steadily making progress towards full recovery. Take it easy and take care :-)

  8. 18

    butterfingers says

    Hi Holly,

    I am so glad you are back. Missed your photography so much. But remember, recovery is still your 1st priority.

    • 19

      Holly says

      Hi Butterfingers
      I am happy to hear from many of you. Yes, I am doing everything it takes to recover faster and full. Thanks for your comment.

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    Ali G. says

    Thank you for all of your posts! I am learning to cook Korean food for my husband, and I have to say I LOVE IT (maybe more than he does hehe). I look forward to all your recipes!

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